Clouds of May - Mayis Sikintisi

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This May in the town seems to be warmer and gloomier than the previous years. Still, everyone seems to be happy despite their small worries and lives closed for any surprises. However, this happiness is a little disturbed by the arrival of Muzaffer who has made up his mind to shoot a film in this town where he had passed his childhood. "Clouds of May" tells the story of Muzaffer, who returns to his native town to make a movie. His father, Emin, is bent on saving the small forest he cultivates on his property from confiscation by the authorities. His nephew, nine year-old Ali, who wants a musical watch. He has to carry an egg in his pocket for 40 days without cracking it, according to terms of an agreement made with his aunt, who has promised in return to convince Ali's father to purchase this much wanted item for his son. And Muzaffer's cousin, Saffet, who is a young town dweller whose affords are all doomed to failure by bad luck (or is it by his own rebelliousness) and who dreams of going to Istanbul.

Festivals & awards

2000 - Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection in Competition

2000 - Istanbul Film Festival
International competition.
Golden Tulip (Best Film)
Fipresci Prize

2000 - Alexandria Film Festival
Special Jury Prize
Best Actor (Emin Ceylan)
Best Editing

2000 - Bruxelles Mediterranean Film Festival
Best Film

2000 - Forum de Cinema (Strasbourg)
Don Quijote Prize

2000 - European Academy Awards (FELIX)
European Critic's Award

2001 - Premier Plans Film Festival, France
Best Film (Grand Prix)

2001 - Fajr Film Festival,Tehran, Iran
Special Jury Prize

2001 - Bergamo Film Festival, Italy
Silver 'Rosa Camuna'

2001 - Buanes Aires Film Festival, Argantina
Best Director

2001 - Singapore Film Festival
Special Jury Prize

2001 - Beirut Film Festival, Lebanon
Best Director

2001 - Bangkok Film Festival, Thailand
Best Script

1999 - Antalya Film Festival
Best Director
Special Jury Prize for all actors

2000 - Istanbul Film Festival
Best Turkish Film
Audiance Award

2000 - Ankara Film Festival
Best Film

2000 - SIYAD Turkish Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Director



Original Title
Clouds of May - Mayis Sikintisi
Clouds of May - Mayis Sikintisi
Directed by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Film Editing
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ayhan ErgĂĽrsel
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ismail Karadas
Production Design
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
130 min.
Emin Ceylan (Emin, Muzzafers Vater/père), Muzaffer Özdemir (Muzaffer, Filmemacher/cinéaste), Fatma Ceylan (Fatma, Muzzafers Mutter/mère), Mehmet Emin Toprak (Saffet), Muhammad Zimbaoglu (Ali), Sadik Incesu (Sadik)

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«Rather like Through the Olive Trees in the (very funny) way its somewhat self-centred, even exploitative film-maker protagonist (Özdemir) shoots a night-time picnic scene with his parents, which - if we're lucky - we have already seen in Ceylan's The Small Town. This echoes Kiarostami not only in its subtle self-reflexivity, but in the concern with how art preys upon life, how city types deal with country people, and in the care taken in capturing exact details of time and place.» Timeout